The Christmas Island Flying Fox population has declined by approximately 35% over the last six years. The reasons are poorly understood and it’s timely
to consider management actions that may improve their long term survival.
A PhD candidate is required to work on understanding the threats to this highly valued species, as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
Using targeted ecological fieldwork and decision analysis, this work will guide future decisions about the management and monitoring of this last remaining endemic mammal on Christmas Island.
The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Parks Australia staff on the island and with TSR Chief Investigators Dr Eve McDonald-Madden (UQ) and Professor John Woinarski (CDU).
The project will also work closely with Christmas Island Flying Fox experts from Taronga Conservation Society Australia and CSIRO.
The next round of domestic scholarship applications are due 22 April 2016 and international scholarships dates will be announced soon - more details on these scholarships can be found here.
New Hub research has quantified the extent of predation by cats on Australia’s birds and identified the species and types of birds most vulnerable to cats. The team found that cats kill over 1 million birds per day in Australia. The total is made up of an estimated 316 million birds killed by feral cats and 61 million killed by pet cats each year.
Sound recorders have been installed across farm land in south-western Victoria and on Kangaroo Island in research to help threatened glossy black-cockatoos and south-eastern red-tailed black-cockatoos, by learning more about their breeding.
As cats and foxes have spread across Australia, islands have prevented the extinctions of several mammals like the boodie. Associate Professor Sarah Legge discusses the importance of safe havens and also summarizes the highlights of a recent 'safe-haven' symposium held at the International Mammalogy Congress in Perth.
The TSR Hub is one of six National Environmental Science Programme hubs and each is making its own important contribution to the national effort to recover our threatened species. Hub Director Brendan Wintle takes a look beyond the TSR Hub to highlight the good work being done on threatened species by our sister hubs.
On sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island a multi-million dollar eradication program removed cats in 2000 and rabbits, rats and mice in 2013. In the aftermath of this effort, beautiful things are emerging. Dr Justine Shaw is leading a TSR Hub project to learn from this experience and monitor how ecosystems respond.